Police ID disabled man found dead in Panama Park driveway

Man found dead next to car with engine running on East 61st Street

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man found dead Dec. 19 in the Panama Park neighborhood after reports of shots fired was identified Tuesday as 51-year-old Tony Lamar Wingard.

Neighbors said he was disabled and used a walker.

Just after 6 p.m., the Jacksonville's Sheriff's Office responded to multiple calls of shots fired on East 61st Street. Police said that when they arrived, they found Wingard dead in a driveway next to a car with the engine running. He had been shot several times.

Police said Wingard lived at that address, which has several security cameras.

News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said those could be vital in the investigation.

“It might pick up something, or or even catch someone running or driving down the street," Smith said. "I’m sure they’re checking for all of that and possible suspect information.”

The Sheriff's Office did not release any other information, but did call it an active murder investigation. 

Few neighbors wanted to talk about the shooting Tuesday.

“People are afraid," Smith said. "They don’t want to speak out. They’ve had shootings in the neighborhood before, so people are afraid if people give information, their name will be put out there.”

He said even the slightest bit of information could help investigators crack open a case and solve it, and in these types of situations, the only way that will happen is if people come forward.

"One person says they have so many shootings in the area, but (that's) because nobody reports it," Smith said. "The criminals think they can continue it because no one is going to do anything. As soon as some of these people are caught and people provide information, the crime rate will go down.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.